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Gov. Scott Walker Signs Employment First Bill into Law as Wisconsin continues to lead on jobs

Washington, D.C., April 11 — As the economy expands, for the first time in decades people with disabilities are gaining jobs, success and independence. According to new data, Wisconsin continues to have one of the nation’s highest employment rates for people with disabilities, outperforming bigger states like Texas and California. People with disabilities, who have previously been left out of periods of economic growth, are succeeding thanks to workforce system better aligned to enable them to succeed, just like anyone else.

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Breaking News – 2,241 people with disabilities lose jobs in Oregon as State Ranked 19th in America

Washington, D.C., March 27 — As the economy expands, for the first time in decades people with disabilities are gaining jobs, success and independence. However, while nationally the growth of new jobs for people with disabilities went up four-fold, according to new data, 2,241 people with disabilities in Oregon lost jobs.

According to RespectAbility, a national organization that fights stigma and advances opportunity for people with disabilities, Oregon now ranks 19th on jobs for people with disabilities. In total, there are 303,115 working-age people with disabilities living in that state and 118,914 of them have jobs. Oregon has a 39.2 percent employment rate for its people with disabilities.

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Breaking News – 3,838 New Jobs for People with Disabilities in Nebraska

Nebraska is 5th Best State for Workers with Disabilities

Washington, D.C., March 27 – As the economy expands, for the first time in decades people with disabilities are gaining jobs, success and independence. According to new data, Nebraska now ranks 5th in the nation for employment of people with disabilities. Under Gov. Pete Ricketts, over 3,838 more Nebraskans with disabilities entered the workforce last year, putting Nebraska in the top five states for employment. Other top states include North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, and Alaska. People with disabilities have been left out of previous periods of job growth. Today’s workforce system is better aligned to enable people with disabilities to succeed, just like anyone else.

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Breaking News – 669 new jobs for people with disabilities in Missouri

Washington, D.C., March 27 – As the economy expands, for the first time in decades people with disabilities are gaining jobs, success and independence. According to new data, 669 more people with disabilities in Missouri gained employment. People with disabilities previously have been left out of periods of economic growth. Today’s workforce system is better aligned to enable people with disabilities to succeed, just like anyone else.

According to RespectAbility, a national nonprofit organization that fights stigma and advances opportunity for people with disabilities, Missouri now ranks 32nd on jobs for people with disabilities. In total, there are 468,140 working-age people with disabilities living in that state and 164,243 of them have jobs. Missouri currently has a 35.1 percent employment rate for its people with disabilities.

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Breaking News – 5,944 New Jobs for Marylanders with Disabilities

However, challenges remain in terms of education and empowerment.

Washington, D.C., March 27 – Even as the national employment rate continues to increase, more Marylanders with disabilities are entering the workforce. A new analysis published by RespectAbility, a national nonprofit organization that fights stigmas and advances opportunities for people with disabilities, reports that Maryland now ranks 17th in the nation for employment of people with disabilities. In total there are 334,505 working-age Marylanders with disabilities and 137,517 have jobs. Last year, 5,944 more people with disabilities entered Maryland’s workforce.

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Breaking News – 2,389 people with disabilities lose jobs in Louisiana as State Ranked 44th in America

Washington, D.C., March 27 — As the economy expands, for the first time in decades people with disabilities are gaining jobs, success and independence. However, while nationally the growth of new jobs for people with disabilities went up four-fold, according to new data, 2,389 people with disabilities in Louisiana lost jobs.

According to RespectAbility, a national organization that fights stigma and advances opportunity for people with disabilities, Louisiana now ranks 44th on jobs for people with disabilities. In total, there are 384,377 working-age people with disabilities living in that state and 120,443 of them have jobs. Louisiana has a 31.3 percent employment rate for its people with disabilities.

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Breaking News – Florida Leads Nation on Job Growth for People with Disabilities – over 35,000 new jobs

Washington, D.C., March 27 – As the economy expands, for the first time in decades people with disabilities are gaining jobs, success and independence. According to new data, 35,480 more people with disabilities in Florida gained employment. That total outpaces every other state in terms of job gains among people with disabilities. In large this is because today’s workforce system is better equipped to enable job seekers with barriers to employment to succeed, just like anyone else.

While an improving state economy has enable large number of Floridians with disabilities to enter the workforce, serious gaps remain. According to RespectAbility, a national nonprofit organization that fights stigma and advances opportunity for people with disabilities, Florida only ranks 41st on jobs for people with disabilities. In total, there are over 1,255,268 working-age Floridians with disabilities and only 404,685 have jobs.

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Breaking News – 5,855 new jobs for people with disabilities in West Virginia

Washington, D.C., March 19 – As the economy expands, for the first time in decades people with disabilities are gaining jobs, success and independence. According to new data, 5,855 more people with disabilities in West Virginia gained employment. People with disabilities previously have been left out of periods of economic growth. Today’s workforce system is better aligned to enable people with disabilities to succeed, just like anyone else.

According to RespectAbility, a national nonprofit organization that fights stigma and advances opportunity for people with disabilities, West Virginia ranks 50th on jobs for people with disabilities. In total, there are 194,669 working-age people with disabilities living in West Virginia and 53,372 of them have jobs. This leaves West Virginia with an 27.4 percent employment rate for its people with disabilities.

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Breaking News – 9,550 new jobs for people with disabilities in Illinois

Washington, D.C., March 19 – As the economy expands, for the first time in decades people with disabilities are gaining jobs, success and independence. According to new data, 9,550 more people with disabilities in Illinois gained employment. People with disabilities previously have been left out of periods of economic growth. Today’s workforce system is better aligned to enable people with disabilities to succeed, just like anyone else.

According to RespectAbility, a national nonprofit organization that fights stigma and advances opportunity for people with disabilities, Illinois now ranks 30th on jobs for people with disabilities. In total, there are 679,862 working-age people with disabilities living in that state and 242,783 of them have jobs. Under the leadership of Governor Bruce Rauner, Illinois has a 35.7 percent employment rate for its people with disabilities and outperforms many states.

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Breaking News – 3,023 people with disabilities lose jobs in Wyoming

Washington, D.C., March 15 – As the economy expands, for the first time in decades people with disabilities are gaining jobs, success and independence. However, while nationally the growth of new jobs for people with disabilities went up four-fold, 3,023 Wyomingites with disabilities lost jobs as the state faces new economic challenges.

Last month, America’s governors gathered in Washington for the National Governors Association meeting to talk about these and other key issues. Governor Matt Mead’s council on disabilities holds an Employment First summit every year. People with disabilities, businesses, agencies, and advocates all gather to make connections and learn about employment issues.

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Breaking News – 15,871 new jobs for people with disabilities in Washington

Washington, D.C., March 15 – As the economy expands, for the first time in decades people with disabilities are gaining jobs, success and independence. According to new data, 15,871 more people with disabilities in Washington gained employment. People with disabilities previously have been left out of periods of economic growth. Today’s workforce system is better aligned to enable people with disabilities to succeed, just like anyone else.

Last month, America’s governors gathered in Washington for the National Governors Association meeting to talk about these and other key issues. Governor Jay Inslee’s health and human services department has begun supported employment programs; these programs are staffed by employment professionals who meet with treatment providers to integrate someone’s health and employment initiatives.

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Breaking News – 14,479 new jobs for people with disabilities in Virginia

Gov. Northam: “We’ll do everything we can to take care of individuals with disabilities.”

Washington, D.C., March 15 – As the economy expands, for the first time in decades people with disabilities are gaining jobs, success and independence. According to new data, 14,479 more people with disabilities in Virginia gained employment. People with disabilities previously have been left out of periods of economic growth. Today’s workforce system is better aligned to enable people with disabilities to succeed, just like anyone else.

Last month, America’s governors gathered in Washington for the National Governors Association meeting to talk about these and other key issues. During the Winter Meeting, Governor Ralph Northam took questions about jobs for people with disabilities in Virginia. When asked, Northam said: “They’re not asking for a lot; they’re asking for a leveled playing field and that’s something I’ll continue to promote in Virginia.”

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Breaking News – 3,582 new jobs for people with disabilities in Utah

Gov. Herbert: “People can be productive if we find opportunities for them.”

Washington, D.C., March 15 – As the economy expands, for the first time in decades people with disabilities are gaining jobs, success and independence. According to new data, 3,582 more people with disabilities in Utah gained employment. People with disabilities previously have been left out of periods of economic growth. Today’s workforce system is better aligned to enable people with disabilities to succeed, just like anyone else.

Last month, America’s governors gathered in Washington for the National Governors Association meeting to talk about these and other key issues. During the Winter Meeting, Governor Gary Herbert took questions about jobs for people with disabilities in Utah.  When asked, Governor Herbert said: “I think people recognize that everybody has abilities. People can be productive if we find opportunities for them.”

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Breaking News – 17,736 new jobs for people with disabilities in Texas

Washington, D.C., March 15 – As the economy expands, for the first time in decades people with disabilities are gaining jobs, success and independence. According to new data, 17,736 more people with disabilities in Texas gained employment. People with disabilities previously have been left out of periods of economic growth. Today’s workforce system is better aligned to enable people with disabilities to succeed, just like anyone else.

Last month, America’s governors gathered in Washington for the National Governors Association meeting to talk about these and other key issues. Governor Chris Sununu’s health and human services department has begun supported employment programs; these programs are staffed by employment professionals who meet with treatment providers to integrate someone’s health and employment initiatives.

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Breaking News – 23,416 new jobs for people with disabilities in South Carolina

Gov. McMaster: “They’re ready to work, they’re looking for work and we’re growing in South Carolina.”

Washington, D.C., March 15 – As the economy expands, for the first time in decades people with disabilities are gaining jobs, success and independence. According to new data, over 23,000 more people with disabilities in South Carolina gained employment; an unprecedented rise. People with disabilities previously have been left out of periods of economic growth. Today’s workforce system is better aligned to enable people with disabilities to succeed, just like anyone else.

Last month, America’s governors gathered in Washington for the National Governors Association meeting to talk about these and other key issues. During the Winter Meeting, Governor Henry McMaster took questions about jobs for people with disabilities in South Carolina.  When asked, Governor McMaster said: “We have many people with a wide range of disabilities that may be disabled in once sense but not in another. They’re ready to work, they’re looking for work and we’re growing in South Carolina.”

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Breaking News – 6,993 new jobs for people with disabilities in Pennsylvania

Washington, D.C., March 15 – As the economy expands, for the first time in decades people with disabilities are gaining jobs, success and independence. According to new data, 6,993 more people with disabilities in Pennsylvania became employed.  People with disabilities have previously been left out of periods of economic growth, today’s workforce system is better aligned to enable people with disabilities to succeed, just like anyone else.

Governor Tom Wolf has been integral in his state’s success. In 2016 Governor Wolf signed an executive order declaring that Pennsylvania would be an Employment First state. The order itself states “workers with a disability add value to the workplace…they can be dedicated, loyal, and productive members of a team and can improve a company’s bottom line.”

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Breaking News – 11,000 new jobs for people with disabilities in Oklahoma

Gov. Fallin: “We’ve had a focus on trying to help people get jobs.”

Washington, D.C., March 15 – As the economy expands, for the first time in decades people with disabilities are gaining jobs, success and independence. According to new data, 11,000 more people with disabilities in Oklahoma became employed. People with disabilities have previously been left out of periods of economic growth, today’s workforce system is better aligned to enable people with disabilities to succeed, just like anyone else.

Last month, America’s governors gathered in Washington for the National Governors Association meeting to talk about these and other key issues. During the Winter Meeting, Governor Fallin took questions about jobs for people with disabilities in Oklahoma.  When asked, Governor Fallin said: “We’ve had a focus on trying to help people get jobs and work with our companies in the state of Oklahoma to emphasize how important it is to help people that have disabilities” She went on to add “[people with disabilities] want to find work and how important it is that they can be independent on their own, if they have the right skill sets and the opportunity to find a job and to be successful.”

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Breaking News – Gov. Sandoval reiterates commitment to jobs for Nevadans with disabilities

Gov. Sandoval: “I’ve set some state policies with regard to the hiring of individuals with disabilities and will continue to do so.”

Washington, D.C., March 15 – As the economy expands, for the first time in decades people with disabilities are gaining jobs, success and independence. According to new data, Nevada continues to have one of the nation’s highest employment rates for people with disabilities, outperforming bigger states like Texas and California. People with disabilities, who have previously been left out of periods of economic growth, are succeeding thanks to workforce system better aligned to enable them to succeed, just like anyone else.

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Breaking News – 945 new jobs for people with disabilities in New Mexico

Washington, D.C., March 15 – As the economy expands, for the first time in decades people with disabilities are gaining jobs, success and independence. According to new data, 945 more people with disabilities in New Mexico gained employment. People with disabilities previously have been left out of periods of economic growth. Today’s workforce system is better aligned to enable people with disabilities to succeed, just like anyone else.

According to RespectAbility, a national nonprofit organization that fights stigma and advances opportunity for people with disabilities, New Mexico now ranks 42nd on jobs for people with disabilities. In total, there are 153,667 working-age people with disabilities living in that state and 49,084 of them have jobs. Under the leadership of Governor Susanna Martinez, New Mexico has a 31.9 percent employment rate for its people with disabilities and outperforms many states.

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